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Playing Hurt

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 17, 2018 by RobALott

In sports…

Your team and the fans will understand if you choose not to play while hurt.

Meanwhile…

If you still play while hurt, and you help the team win, you can actually be seen as a hero!

But…

If you keep a team from winning because you played hurt, well, the team and the fans have little to no patience for that.

Anyway…

I bet there are a number of other places where this is true.

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Outsmarting

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on September 10, 2018 by RobALott

Outsmarting your audience can sometimes be the goal.

However,

Outsmarting your scene partner…that’s pretty much never the goal.

Posted Notes Are For Everyone

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on August 20, 2018 by RobALott

Read your notes, take your notes, and apply your notes.

Of course.

But don’t read only your notes.

Read and listen to your fellow actors’ notes as well. Then give them the set-ups, reactions, and responses that will help make them successful in applying and fixing their notes.

Posted notes are for everyone.

Live!

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 30, 2018 by RobALott

The more slides, the more video, the more pre-recorded announcements—the more quickly your audience will become disengaged.

Yes, pre-recorded elements help maintain control of the final product. But don’t buy into the myth that pre-recorded equals prepared. Real preparedness—effective preparedness—is a willingness and readiness to go live.

The audience signed up and showed up for “live”. Whenever possible, however possible, go live.

Beware And Be Ready

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 23, 2018 by RobALott

Does working in entertainment and having a job in show business look like fun and something you’d like to try?

Great! We’d love to have you!

Just beware and be ready. You’ll most often be going up against people who have always wanted to do this and have worked their whole lives to become qualified for the opportunity to be onstage and get paid for it.

No one is telling you not to try.

Please do! Try!

But if you’re only willing to try once or twice and your preparation looks more like dabbling, this profession may not be for you.

I Bet This Never Happens at Disney

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 9, 2018 by RobALott

When things go wrong in other shows at other venues, often the cast or crew will say to me, “I bet stuff like this never happens at Disney.”

The thing is, things go wrong on stages everywhere. Props fail. Quick changes are missed. Scenery malfunctions. It happens.

And it happens at Disney every day.

Every. Day.

Maybe the difference is, and the not so snappy answer is, that we have a whole bunch of plans and contingencies for when things go wrong. And when they go wrong, which they will, we don’t point them out and continuously refer back to the broken element for the audience to see and be reminded.

Do these things happen at Disney?

Yes.

It’s the response and reaction, however, that might be what’s different.

Beware…

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 2, 2018 by RobALott

When performing for your fellow cast becomes of higher value than working together to perform for your audience

…the end is near.